Human Resources

Off-site child care

Priority access through Bright Horizons and KinderCare

UW faculty, staff, and students are eligible for priority access at all Bright Horizons centers and select KinderCare centers on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority access does not guarantee placement, but it will move you up their wait pool as a UW priority.

Priority access at Bright Horizons

Visit Bright Horizons or call 877-624-4532 to locate centers in your area and receive information on tuition rates and potential wait pool. All necessary registration and tuition fees are the responsibility of the family. Once you have decided on your desired Bright Horizons location, you will need to present your most recent Workday pay slip or confirmation of current course enrollment as proof of eligibility.

Priority access at KinderCare

KinderCare offers a 10% tuition discount at all their centers and priority access at following locations:

  • Northgate
  • South Seattle
  • Bothell
  • Woodinville
  • Mukilteo
  • Yarrow Bay
  • Wallingford

Visit KinderCare or call 888-525-2780 to receive information on tuition rates and potential wait pool. You will need to present your most recent Workday pay slip or confirmation of current course enrollment as proof of eligibility.

Additional resources for off-site child care

You may also find the following child care discounts, services, and programs helpful.

Discounts on local nanny and au pair services

Visit The Whole U website, click Discounts, and then select Childcare Services from the dropdown menu.

School-age programs

UW faculty, staff, and students save 10% on standard weekly tuition rates for full-time and part-time care at KinderCare Learning Centers and Champions Before-School and After-School Programs.

The Champions before- and after-school programs are for school-age children and are available at participating schools in the Central Kitsap, Federal Way, Kent, Northshore, and Tacoma school districts.

Visit KinderCare Learning Centers and Champions or call 888-525-2780 to find a participating center or site near you.

Help paying for child care

Seattle’s Child Care Assistance Program helps working families and parents going to school, who are eligible and live within the Seattle city limits, pay for child care services for children up to 13 years old.

Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) is a Washington State program that helps families with low incomes pay for child care. When a family qualifies for child care subsidy benefits and chooses an eligible provider, the state pays a portion of the cost of child care.

Early learning and child care support

Childcare Aware of Washington is committed to the success of every young child and every child care provider across our state. We connect families to high-quality child care and early learning programs, and we support child care providers who deliver high-quality care. They also provide information regarding options for child care financial support.

Child Care Resources: Since 1990, Child Care Resources has helped to build a strong early learning system for all children in King County. They work with families, caregivers and early learning professionals, and collaborate with community partners to ensure that every child has a great start.

Both are trusted resources for families seeking child care in Washington state and are available by phone or email to help families explore their early learning options.

Child care guidance

Contact UW CareLink for free consultation and information on your childcare needs. Specialists can provide customized referrals that include availability confirmation. Please call for assistance: 866-598-3978.

Student child care assistance

For student parents, the Child Care Assistance Program for students provides information about child care and other programs, including financial assistance to cover basic child care costs for those eligible.